United States

Feb 7, 2013

US immigration reform and the Latinos that don’t exist

Without "illegal" Mexicans, California might grind to a halt. But Barack Obama might have a compromise on his hands for serious US immigration reform, reports writer and academic Jason Wilson from Long Beach.

I had my first taste of casual racism, US-style, this morning. A nice old man at the counter of my new favourite hipster cafe had been asking me why I was in America, in the open, friendly way that people do here. He finished the conversation with “well, it’s good to see some pale-skinned immigrants, anyway.”

The barista and I both responded by looking awkwardly at the floor, but there it was. An explicit version of what’s bubbling under the surface of the current debate around immigration reform.

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2 thoughts on “US immigration reform and the Latinos that don’t exist

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Furthermore, the US’ refusal to acknowledge undocumented immigrants’ existence means that it doesn’t address properly several consequential issues, such as the implications of the changing composition of school pupils on schools’ curriculum, pedagogy and organisation.

  2. Holden Back

    Ah yes, the brutal realities of the means of production. Fine when you’re holding the whip hand, but if your ideology and actual conditions clash, what to do?

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